I oversee a proprietary CMS with a headless Drupal back-end. We use Drupal to authenticate users, manage permissions and roles, and store HTML for almost 13, 000 pages. As our needs have grown, our custom code base has expanded, and Drupal's role in the project has diminished. Most of the app logic is now handled by a Node.js Express server. The Express app has access to the Drupal database and is already performing some read operations on Drupal tables.
I'd like to start migrating some features off of Drupal and onto the custom app. The one I'm most concerned about is authentication.
Authorization is currently setup as follows. User visits a non-Drupal app landing page. Submits username and password to the Express app, the app uses Drupal's rest login to check for a successful logon. If successful, the app uses standard Express practices to create a session and hand out a cookie.
I'm hoping that the express app can start checking passwords in the database directly, instead of using the Drupal API. I'd prefer that my users not have to reset their passwords and I'd prefer not to disrupt some relationships i have built with the Drupal user tables. In summary, my questions are these:
How can i check that the hashed password in the DB matches the password submit by the user?
Is the salt value in the settings.php file the one used encrypt passwords in the database or is that salt value somewhere else?
2a. NEW QUESTION: According to the Drupal Docs an unique salt is generated for every user and store in the database, possibly concatenated with the hashed password. Where are these unique salts stored and if they are concatenated with the hashed password, how can I separate them from the salted password? Are the salts concatenated on the end of the hashed password or the beginning. Are they always the same length? What is that length?
What algorithm or module does Drupal use in combination with the salt value to created hashed passwords?
If find the algorithm and salt values is it likely that this system is portable to node.js or are there php or Drupal idiosyncrasies that would prevent a migration.
Thank you in advance for you consideration. I realize it's a little tacky to ask questions about moving off of Drupal, but I'm still a big fan of the platform and the community. It's been very good for our operation.